One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be abandoned as being almost dead or certain to die.‘she was left for dead after being repeatedly hit over the head with a rock’
- ‘A month ago, they were left for dead, but now they're thriving at the North Shore Animal League.’
- ‘What might be a crucial story at any other time of the year may be left for dead during sweeps.’
- ‘He was left for dead in the middle of the deadliest storm in the history of modern sailing.’
- ‘He collapsed after reaching the top of Everest and was left for dead above 8000 metres by Sherpas.’
- ‘What was once a world icon is now stipulated to be left for dead in the wake of the devastating plague.’
- ‘Our loss was one killed and three wounded - two of the latter were left for dead on the ground.’
- ‘In three years it'll be left for dead at the dump, leaking its own noxious brew into the soil.’
- ‘Another nineteen had died, and a twentieth was left for dead on the day the ship sailed.’
- ‘He's a bigger person than most people would be who were left for dead by their friends, their teammates.’
- ‘He had been left for dead by the security service but was still alive despite having his skull fractured.’
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